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The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
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Nov 13, 08

it was amazing

This is a saga of a book, told in the different voices of the very induvidual family members. They go as missionaries to the Congo with the patriachal fanatical head of the family. The family unravels, seeming to be unable to break free of the patriarch. It is also a vivid portrait of the Congo, giving insight into a different country and world. This is not a Christian book, but rather a tale of redemption and renewal. There is a nice symetry to the structure, which descends and then ascends again, with a totally satisfying ending. The characters are strongly and convincingly drawn, seeming to come to their own life in my conciousness. I found it dark, epic, ambitious and in my view, most successful and satisfying as only good literature can be. I couldn't put it down.
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